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Senate pushes ahead to dismantle State Board of Higher Education

BISMARCK -- After a third attempt, Senate lawmakers successfully passed a resolution proposing a constitutional change to remove the State Board of Higher Education and replace it with a full-time three-member committee.

House Concurrent Resolution 3047 passed 25-21 and will be sent to the House for reconsideration.

If approved, the proposal will be put on the 2014 ballot for a statewide vote, which is required because it involves a change to the state constitution.

The constitution names the State Board of Higher Education and chancellor as the decision-making body for the state's 11 public colleges and universities.

But over the years, the board and chancellor have had a rocky relationship with the state Legislature, which approves the budget for the North Dakota University System.

Mike Nowatzki
Mike Nowatzki reports for Forum News Service. He can be reached at (701) 255-5607.
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